Serge Gnabry (left) and Sadio Mané play up front.
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Who is one of the eleven lucky ones who are allowed to play in the first Bundesliga game of the new season? Julian Nagelsmann is spoiled for choice against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Update from August 5th, 7:24 p.m.: FC Bayern line-up is here! Manuel Neuer can play, Serge Gnabry and Sadio Mané start in the center of the attack. Marcel Sabitzer starts alongside Joshua Kimmich in central midfield.

Neuer – Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies – Kimmich, Sabitzer – Müller, Musiala – Gnabry, Mané

Serge Gnabry (left) and Sadio Mané play up front. © IMAGO / ULMER Press Photo Agency

First report from August 4th: Frankfurt – The captain is probably on board: The chances of using Manuel Neuer at the start of the Bundesliga FC Bayern against Eintracht Frankfurt (Friday, 8.30 p.m.) are good. “He’s doing much better,” said coach Julian Nagelsmann at the press conference on Thursday (read the live ticker here).

Neuer struggled with a gastrointestinal infection. However, Nagelsmann left it open who the goalkeeper may whip up in front of him on Friday evening. Only one thing is clear: Kingsley Coman (Red suspension from last season), Leon Goretzka (knee surgery) and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (adductor problems) will not play.

FC Bayern against Eintracht Frankfurt: De Ligt is a starting eleven candidate

Especially from the first half in the Supercup against RB Leipzig Nagelsmann was able to “take away a lot of positive things”. In fact, the Munich team delivered a fast-paced offensive spectacle, the mechanisms already looked like they were oiled. So it is quite possible that the starting eleven in Frankfurt differs little or not at all from that in Leipzig.

Who is allowed to twirl against Frankfurt?  Julian Nagelsmann is not lacking in options.
Who is allowed to twirl against Frankfurt? Julian Nagelsmann is not lacking in options. © IMAGO/Revierfoto

However, newcomer Matthijs de Ligt may have caught up enough fitness through his extra shifts that he can play from the start for the first time. “He’s a starting eleven candidate,” said Nagelsmann, without revealing much.

FC Bayern: Julian Nagelsmann’s moderation qualities are in demand

A problem could still come up for the Bayern coach this season: Due to the newcomers, Bayern have twice the number of players in every position. If there are no injuries, this can quickly lead to disagreements within the team. Because more than eleven players are still not allowed on the lawn.

Nagelsmann didn’t even bother to moderate this problem. “The belief that you can keep everyone happy will be gone with the first squad nomination,” he grinned. Especially in the offensive, the offer is large. Youngster Jamal Musiala showed against Leipzig such a strong performancethat he is actually an indispensable part of the starting eleven.

So it is quite conceivable that Nagelsmann would rely on a real offensive army against Eintracht – with Joshua Kimmich as the only real defensive midfielder. The whole thing could look like this:

FC Bayern: Expected line-up against Eintracht Frankfurt

Neuer – Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies – Kimmich, Musiala – Müller, Sané – Gnabry, Mané

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